01 February 2012

Our Dark Ages Participation Game

Essentially we set up a 6 x 4 tale depicting a Saxon villiage which the Vikings would naturally want to attack and loot.  There were three major objectives, which could each be attacked by two Viking warbands.  This gave us a scalable game depending on how many players there were.  The objectives were the Church (and its gold and relics), the village (good plunder and slaves) and the great hall (plunder and the illegitimate sprog of King Hagar the Horrible, who he wants back).
Either it was a good game, or it was a convenient stop next to the lavatory...
Essentially, each objective had a Fyrd defending it with poorly equipped peasants, but strongly armed Saxon reinforcements (either Huscarls or Mounted warriors) were sure to arrive shortly after the alarm was raised, so the Norsemen had to be quick about it.  I must admit that we were too busy playing the game to take too many pic, but here are some pictures of how it turned out...

We even managed to interest one of those rare Lady gamers!
A Saxon watch mans the pallisade walls
And sentries patrol the perimeter
The gate is breached!
Defend the Holy relics!
Shield walls clash
Little Pig, Little Pig, let us come in!
The Saxon village
...which is hotly contested by its citizens!

The professional raider at work!
A good time had by all!


  1. Hi Paul,

    It looks superb! Really captured the Dark Age village thing nicely so a good job all round.

    Not sure about the orange hi-vis vest though...;-)

    All the best,


  2. I'm glad it was a success, good pictures and lady gamers as well!

  3. Looks like a good day of gameing.

  4. Fabulous! Lovely scenery, great photos. I'm still struggling with my close up shots.

  5. Wow! Looks like a good time and you managed to recruit some of the Australian Road Crews to stop working on the local roads to go plundering on your boards!

  6. That looks great.
    And good to see a genuine participation game, where visitors get to sit down and actually play.


  7. Great looking game! Well laid out I especially like your church.

  8. Excellent looking skirmish - and looks like great fun!

  9. Wonderful looking table, I always enjoy your terrain. It looks like the game was alot of fun.

  10. Paul

    Looks like a great game - love the village!


  11. Looks great! Hopefully more converts to the Dark (Age) side. And you got a picture of the elusive lady gamer.

  12. Lovely scenery as always. Looks like it was a cracking game.

  13. Looks like it was a lot of fun. Grat table and great miniatures.

  14. Looking nice ! seems like you had a good day of gaming !

    best regards dalauppror

  15. Excellent Paul!! Lovely photos of a great looking game.

  16. What a great looking setup and game, very well done Sir!!

  17. I tried looking for your game when I was there Paul, but I just couldn't find it.... I found some other dude doing a dark ages game, I thought you were a no show. Ah well, it looks like you had a great set up there.

  18. Great looking game Paul, both minis and terrain look great!

  19. I think I begin to fancy Dark Ages games! This looks so great!